April 10th, 2014
Observer staff report
Three Williston residents were among the group of community volunteers honored for their time supporting young people and families—Connecting Youth’s annual “Aw Shucks” awards.
The volunteers—nine individuals and one business—were honored at an April 7 event.
“The number of suggestions we receive as we prepared for the event is always inspiring,” said CY Director Christine Lloyd-Newberry. “There is no shortage of committed individuals in our midst, but on April 7 we recognized a group of exceptional people who have gone above and beyond in so many ways.”
Williston resident Lyman Clark was awarded for dedicating his time and energy to coaching, recruiting, problem solving, strategizing and coordinating efforts to make Williston Soccer Club a thriving extracurricular activity. He works to inspire young people to be active and shares his love for the outdoors through coaching and teaching skiing.
Giovanna Boggero is a lead teacher for the Four Winds Nature Science program at Allen Brook and at Williston Central. She attends monthly trainings for this parent-run program, and organizes and coordinates other parents to teach monthly lessons. The puppet shows that accompany her lessons are always hits.
Ramunto’s Pizza owner Jeff Paul won the business award for Ramunto’s community involvement. Paul donates pizzas, but also works to raise money for countless groups and organizations.
Other award winners include Charlotte Central School volunteers Tom Baginski and Janet Schwarz, Chittenden South Supervisory Union Buccaneers volunteer and Champlain Valley Union High School grad challenge panelist Kellie Stoll, Hinesburg youth sports coach Tim Bortnick, Shelburne Community School teacher Joplin James and Shelburne youth coach Kathie Pudvar.